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Acumen Overview

Burlingame, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Federal Agencies
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Acumen, LLC was established by scholars from Stanford University in to improve the information provided to policymakers who design and revise welfare, health, education, labor, and business programs at the national, state, and local levels. In conjunction with its affiliated ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to improve the information available to policy makers who design health, welfare, education, and labor programs at all levels of government.
We are an organization that attracts, develops, excites and retains exceptional people.

Acumen – Why Work For Us?

undefinedAcumen, LLC was established by scholars from Stanford University in 1996. In conjunction with its affiliated nonprofit firm, the SPHERE Institute, Acumen offers practitioners a powerful policy analysis capability, providing specific, impartial advice and context for policy debates.

We are committed to the improvement of public policy through information management, and we have worked with several agencies to develop resources to build their internal databases and self-evaluation capacity. To supplement internal sources of information, our team has created and utilized all forms of administrative and survey data to produce outcomes relevant for both service providers and funding organizations.

Our team of professionals includes economists, analysts, and programmers who are skilled in the use of large-scale administrative data sources to formulate concrete solutions to complicated problems. By basing our research and forecasts on sound empirical foundations, we provide our public and private sector clients a data-driven view of their business.

Acumen members have experience conveying information and research findings to broad audiences of policymakers, program operators, and other stakeholders. With these interrelated goals and expertise, Acumen, LLC serves the interests of the public, government, business and the research community.

Policy Areas

Acumen’s research focuses on the areas of health, labor and social policy. In particular, Acumen has developed an expertise in topics such as: comparative effectiveness research, value-based purchasing, drug safety, drug pricing, expenditure forecasting, and outcomes measurement for various health, welfare, education and labor programs.


Acumen provides consulting and research services to national, state, and local governments, as well as to non-profits. We cater primarily to federal agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the information available to policy makers who design health, welfare, education, and labor programs at all levels of government.We are an organization that attracts, develops, excites and retains exceptional people.

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Healthcare/Disability/Life Benefits
Acumen’s cafeteria plan enables employees to select the medical, dental and vision plans that best suits their needs. Employees are able to utilize Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). We also provide supplemental accident insurance, and short- and long-term disability coverage. Other programs available to Acumen employees include the Employee Assistance Program and group term life insurance.

401k Retirement Plans
Acumen offers both a traditional 401k and a Roth 401k plan for employees. After one year of service, the company automatically contributes 5% of an employee’s salary to the traditional 401k, regardless of whether that employee make contributions.

Paid Time Off/Sick Leave
Staff members accrue personal time off for vacation, personal business, and short-term illness. Accrual rates are based on years of service, beginning with three weeks per year, increasing to a maximum of five weeks per year.

Designated Holidays & Personal Floating Holidays
Acumen offers ten paid holidays per year, which are New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Other benefits:
Subsidized child care;
Subsidized fitness club access;
Commuter Checks.

Project Leaders

Acumen’s project leaders are representative of our firm’s distinct technical skills and are responsible for overseeing the completion of project objectives. Our project leaders are dedicated in providing high quality products, working against time and resource constraints. Listed below are Acumen’s senior project leaders, their title, and their e-mail address.

Thomas MaCurdy, Ph.D.Managing Member /
Senior Research Associate
Jay Bhattacharya, Ph.D.Senior Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Data and Policy Analyst in Burlingame, CA
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    I have been working at Acumen full-time (Less than a year)


    - learn a lot about healthcare policy and meet a lot of talented young individuals
    - have a substantial impact on healthcare policy in the United States
    - go home feeling satisfied about the intellectually challenging and interesting research


    - lower pay compared to other places in the Bay Area as well as less perks
    - experience really depends upon the team you are placed under

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work!

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    Data Analyst Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Acumen (Washington, DC) in February 2018.


    After I submitted my application, I received an email to complete a data exercise to be considered for an interview. The purpose of the exercise was to determine how I investigate the data, analyze the data, and then write about the data. There were three questions in total. It was to be submitted one week after receiving the initial email.

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